Daily Archives: 12/21/2006


kelly might be excited to learn that I had my very own fecal fountain (TM Kelly) experience last night…

so, during the day I got a call from my super who told me that there was a systemic and building wide plumbing issue, and hey, there was a leak in the basement so I had to clear out my storage unit so they can do the repairs. sure, I thought. no problem.

so I worked hard for the money and then when I got home at around 9, I went downstairs and discovered that the leak and TRAVELED INTO MY STORAGE UNIT. YUCK. so there was poopwater in my storage unit! LUCKILY, it was only in a small area, and LUCKILY my important boxes were on top of plastic containers, and LUCKILY only a few books (that were moldy anyway) and a box of papers from college and graduate school (which I just needed a good reason to toss, to be honest). but the rest of the stuff I had to stack in the back of the basement, because there were no open units for MY STUFF. and then I didn’t want to move the poopwater stained garbage, so I got the super’s ok to leave it in my unit. apparently, though, the landlord went to the building and walked around and got pissy b/c I hadn’t totally emptied my storage unit. the super said he told her that I had to empty it out totally. so I called the office and had a conversation with his assistant, where in I used words like “PATHOGEN” and “BIOHAZARD” and “HEALTH AND SAFETY” and “COMMON AREAS” and “SMALL CHILDREN.” when she said no one else minded tossing the garbage and I said “Maybe that’s because they’re not environmental engineers like me, and don’t know the risks.” she said she’d let the landlord know and I asked him to call me if he had any more concerns, because I was trying to be accommodating but honestly, PATHOGENS.

after that I made notes of everything and called the super again. she said that I had done a great job and they took me seriously and that I didn’t have to clean it up and also SHE didn’t have to clean it up. Good, because I didn’t even get into identifying common pathogens that might impact us, like e.coli or hepatitis c.  of course, I missed a call from my landlord tonight, so who knows what HE was going to say. but I am totally not able to do anything with my stuff, or with the poopwater garbage, because I’m at work right now and won’t be home until midnightish probably. so there. blah.

confidential to mr. john p[last name withheld]:

my mom left me a message asking me who this JOHN was that I was writing about on my blog. either she’s behaving in a classic “well-meaning mom” fashion, or she was so intrigued by your mystery last name that she couldn’t help herself and had to ask. ha!

confidential to my mom: YES I know you’re reading this. heh.